# Main breaker one side "24." Amp other side "10.3" Amp

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• mikeb103 May 11, 2010

What is your question? Are you concerned the two are different?

• Hippy_dd May 11, 2010

what is the breaker protecting?

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Please clarify if it's a boat, RV or a home breaker
Do you have a manufactures name?
Just looking at the data you gave It's a 24 volt 10.3 amp breaker that is used on anything other than a home appliance
I don't know if it's 24 volts AC ,24 volts DC or a universal 24 volt breaker

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